Kawasaki has finally issued a press release confirming what we told you on December 30: it's pulling out of MotoGP racing effective immediately.
The press release follows:
"Tokyo, January 9, 2009 -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today
that it has decided to suspend its factory MotoGP racing activities from 2009
"Amid quickly changing business environment, Kawasaki has been promptly
taking countermeasures to cope with the situation. As the world economy is
not likely to recover in a short period due to the major impact of the financial
crisis, Kawasaki decided to suspend its MotoGP racing activities from 2009
season onward and reallocate management resources more efficiently.
Kawasaki will continue racing activities using mass-produced motorcycles as
well as supporting general race-oriented customers.
"Kawasaki would like to thank all the fans and all those who have forwarded us great help."